Pa. fire, EMS respond to fatal 50-vehicle crash

There were multiple fatalities, at least 40 injured and 70 taken to nearby fire departments for shelter


The Associated Press

FREDERICKSBURG, Pa. — Multiple fatalities have been reported in a pileup police say involves more than 50 vehicles on Interstate 78 in central Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency spokesman Cory Angell said county officials reported more than 40 people had been taken to hospitals and more than 70 were taken to a shelter set up at a fire station.

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a fatal crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday. (Daniel Zampogna/PennLive.com via AP)
Emergency personnel work at the scene of a fatal crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Saturday. (Daniel Zampogna/PennLive.com via AP)

The crash happened about 9:45 a.m. Saturday in the eastbound lanes of the interstate in Bethel Township, about 75 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars tangled together across three lanes of traffic and into the snow-covered median.

Drivers are being urged to use caution due to the drifting snow and extremely cold temperatures.

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